Seventh Indian Census to start from April
The world’s biggest administrative exercise, Indian Census, will begin on April 15. It will be the seventh since Independence and 15th since 1872 when the first census in India was held. The census, done once every 10 years, will be conducted in two phases—house-listing enumeration and population enumeration. House-listing will begin on April 15 and go on till June 1, 2010. The actual headcount will happen between February 9 and 28, 2011, except in Jammu & Kashmir. Revision of both phases will be done from March 1 to 5, 2011. In the first phase, information on housing and household amenities will be gathered and the houseless households enumerated on the night of February 28, 2011. Registrar-General and Census Commissioner Dr C Chandramouli, who chaired the first state level conference of principal census officers on Saturday, said that the census was not merely a headcount, but a great tool to formulate future planning and policies of the nation as it provides reliable data on population, socio-economic conditions and demography. Over 25 lakh enumerators will be deployed for the drive.